Whilst our milk is not certified as organic we do follow many of the guidelines required for organic milk. Most importantly we do not use any hormones or routine antibiotics in our herd and we also avoid using pesticides and herbicides on grass where the cows graze. We use natural methods to fertilise our grazing land by using white and red clover in the grass to increase nitrate levels and encourages bees and insects and obviously our own manure helps to encourage a healthy growth of grass.
Is your milk ethical?
We have decreased our herd size over recent years and now have a select herd of just 35 dairy cows. Our cows are known to us as individuals and each has their own personality. Our cows are housed during the wet winter months owing to very boggy soils and a lack of fresh grass to eat. They have access to a large yard with fresh straw to lie on every day and an outdoor area to eat silage (harvested grass). As soon as the land is dry enough in the spring the cows will go out into the fields until the land is too wet again. Usually they are free range for at least 6 months of the year.
We also allow some of our cows to rear their own calves and during the first few months of their lives the calves will follow their mothers and we only take the surplus milk that the calf does not require. This ensures healthy, better developed calves and less disease risks.
Are you cows pasture fed?
Yes, we feed our cows’ fresh grass during the Spring, Summer and into the Autumn. Our cows are free range and have access to the fields 24 hours a day. In the summer we harvest the grass from some of our fields and the grass is collected in a large concrete pit and sheeted over. This grass then ferments and creates a product called silage. We do not use any chemicals or additives on our silage, just fresh grass.
What other products do you sell?
We sell other products from our farm too. We have a beef herd and pigs and sell meat which is butchered at a local abattoir and vacuum packed. We freeze the meat on the farm and therefore always have a supply of various cuts of beef and pork. We also buy lambs from a local farmer when it’s in season. We also sell some free range eggs from our small flock of hens.
How long does your milk keep for?
We bottle fresh milk each morning. The milk is labelled as lasting for 3 days, however, a lot of customers do find that the milk will last for longer. As long as the milk is kept cold some customers have found it can last five days. However, if you want to buy enough milk to last you for a week, or even longer, then you can always freeze the milk. We sell our milk in 2 and 4 pint plastic bottles which can be frozen.
Where can I get your milk from?
Milk is available from the Farm 7 days a week. We are open from 9am until 6pm although if you need to come at a time earlier or later this is possible but please contact us beforehand to make an arrangement.
We also attend various markets including:
First Saturday of the month: Kings Heath Farmers Market on Vicarage Road 9am-2pm
Last Saturday of the month: Moseley Farmers Market on St Mary’s Row 9am-2pm
Every other Sunday: Summertown Farmers Market in Oxford 10am-2pm (contact the farm or check Facebook for updates as to next date attending)
The Food Assembly: Milk can be ordered through Kings Heath Food Assembly (www.thefoodassembly.co.uk) and collected from the farmer on a Tuesday evening between 7.30 and 9pm from the Hare and Hounds on Kings Heath High Street. Again, please check which weeks the raw milk is available, currently we only go to the Food Assembly every fortnight.
Currently we deliver milk to Bromsgrove, Redditch and South Birmingham. This is dependent on minimum order, delivery charges and location so please send us an email detailing how much milk you would like, how often you would like a delivery and your postcode and we will reply with the options available to you.
Is raw milk legal?
Yes raw milk is legal as long as it has come from a tuberculosis (TB) free and Food Standards Agency (FSA) licenced source. We are registered with the FSA and they regularly visit the farm to inspect the milking procedures and test the milk for any dangerous bacteria. As long as the inspectors are happy with the milking operations and that the milk tests negatively we are able to sell milk directly from our farm and at farmers markets.
Does raw milk taste different?
Our milk does taste differently to the shop bought pasteurised milk. This is due to our milk being pasture fed and a lack of processing. The milk is sold in its raw form, no heat treatment (pasteurisation) or breaking up of the fat globules (homogenisation). All we do on the farm is filter and rapidly cool the milk. Therefore the milk has a creamier and richer taste.
Can I bring my children to the farm?
We are happy for you to bring children to the farm, however, we are a working farm and therefore there is machinery often being moved around the farm yard. We do not offer any activities on our farm such as the feeding or petting of animals. Children are welcome to come and look at the animals but must be supervised at all times by their parents. We do not take any responsibility should any accidents happen to you, your children or belongings. We do ask that any pets remain in your vehicle at all times.
What are the health benefits of drinking raw milk?
We have heard and read many stories about why raw milk might benefit people’s health. From helping clear up eczema and asthma, aiding digestion and gut health, suitable for lactose intolerant people, helping to build muscle. These are just some of the health benefits that have been mentioned to us. Here are some links as to how raw milk might help your health.